Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The April Round-Up

Listening to: My favorite type of Pirate music- “Alone With the Sea” Hurt (Vol II, 2007)

I realize it's nearly June, but we, the pirates of the RWR, never sorted out the booty from our plunderings in April. So I'm going to keep this short and sweet.

Did you participate in April Writing Month?

If you participated, what was your goal?

During April Writing Month did you manage to hit your goal or exceed it?

Did you offer up any prizes for those who hit or exceeded their goal in April? And if you did, what was that prize?

I know Scapey had a detailed list of everyone's goal and the prizes that were offered. Is anyone have any news they want to share in regards to their goal? Once we figure out who all hit or exceeded their goals we can start handing out the loot! Don't be shy. Step right up. I promise not to shove you off the gangplank... yet.

April was a good month for me writing wise. I got about 60k written in April. It was all pieces and long epic scenes of angst and drama. I'm still experiencing some creative writing block in regards to sexy time but it's getting easier to manage. Right now, I'm currently rewriting my prequel story I wrote during AWM. I wrote it in third person and it's atrocious. So I'm back to first person and it's coming along together nicely. I got a very lovely surprise Friday morning (May 18) when I got an email that one of my fan fiction writings was being featured as read of the day on Fictionators. But that's about all the news I've got.

How was your April Writing Month?


MsHellion said...

I don't remember my goal, but I'm sure it was something outrageous. But it got me on the path of my WIP, and I've been writing more consistently, even if I'm not cranking out 10 pages every day of the week. (For some reason I think writing only works if it's like the gym--you have to go every single day and kill yourself to call yourself a writer--or an athlete.)

I've got 55 pages now, which is probably the most I've had on a WIP in a long time. And I longwrote some more pages last night. I'm trying not to derail. Terri was reminding me to make my hero likable, but I'm not sure I'm able to make him that way right now. Anyway, now I have the Critic laughing and saying, "He's not likable!" and it's bugging me.

Sin said...

I've been handwriting in my notebook too.

And as I've been told a million times, editing is for fixing things. Just keep writing. I'm sure he's not unlikeable. But I like the asshole anti-hero types. It makes the redemption at the end so much better. Makes me wish I was a character so I can rub it in their face.

MsHellion said...

It is what editing is for. It's what I keep telling the Critic. *LOL* And I know Terri was only pointing out something I was worried about anyway. Me and my need to make everyone so damned likable. Two weeks ago, I was worried the heroine wasn't likable (and she's still not really.) I don't think I must like likable people really. *LOL*

Sin said...

Hm. I don't suppose you could just kill someone off could you? That's my rule of thumb.

TerriOsburn said...

I think I met my goal. To get my full request from last fall out the door. (Done.) To get my other queries out to agents. (Done. Four fulls still floating around agent land.) And to get some words on the page for the new WIP even if it was just a paragraph. Got 6 pages down. Which is sad and I've yet to write another word on that WIP, but I've been revising another short story for self-publication later this year.

And generally pissing away my time. Not sure how that's happening, exactly.

Sin said...

I waste more time than actually use it efficiently. But that doesn't sound like pissing time away, Ter. You got a lot of stuff done in a short amount of time. You should be proud.

MsHellion said...

Sin, as tempting as it would be to kill off the hero and heroine, it would be counterintuitive to the entire project. But thanks for the suggestion just the same. I think the flip side to this suggestion is: have them fall in bed together, which is at least a distraction, right? *LOL*

As for Terri, she's been TIRED and not sleeping well. The dog chewed through her laptop cord; the motherboard had to be replaced; and about a dozen other problematic things that would have made me toss all computer devices out of my house and never touch them again. I think she's not exactly pissing away time so much as trying to recover depleted energy. But knowing Terri, she won't accept that as an excuse. *LOL*

Janga said...

My goal was one hundred pages on my WIP, and I didn't come close to that. I have only sixty now, and that's the total for April 1-yesterday. I lost a couple of weeks writing due to health issues. There's nothing I can do about that. And I comfort myself with the reminder that if I count blogs and reviews, I wrote more than 100 pages in April.

Sabrina Shields (Scapegoat) said...

Hi Everybody!

I do have the list of everyone's goals and all the booty that was offered up. :)

Let's hear how everyone did and then I can draw names for all the booty!

I hit my goal of Writing THE END, writing my synopsis and Submitting to the Harlequin Fast Draft.

P. Kirby said...

I think my goal was a modest 10K, which I hit (12K, actually), for a total of about 36K of 90K. I've only done a little this month-at 42K. At the point where I have to work in exposition, via one flashback and dialogue. With the dialogue, I only write when I can get my brain into a kind of Whedon-eque-y, snappy mode, else it'll just be blah-blah-blah exposition. So I doubt I'll hit 10K this month. Oh, well. Progress is being made.

TerriOsburn said...

Sorry I disappeared. Work got busy and then kiddo called from school because she was sick so I'm home but still on emails.

So maybe I'm not pissing away time but I really don't know where it's going. I come home from work (on a normal day) walk the pooch, make dinner, clean up after dinner, get on the computer, blink and it's 9pm. As if my nights are being sucked into some black hole somewhere. It's quite annoying.

Congrats to all who hit their goal! Considering how little I've done since April ended, I'd say Apriwrimo did wonders for my motivation.

Maureen said...

It's okay, Sin...I'll walk the gangplank. Still haven't finished Almost Human. Found the major snarls in my way and am close...maybe three good scenes away...Then I'll work on ignorning it for a few months so I can get back to the revise with fresh eyes...

Got a phenomenal read from Pat, which is going to help spark the beginning into soemthing kudos to PAT!

P. Kirby said...

Glad to be of help, Maureen. My goal with critiques is to balance criticism with inspiration. I really don't want to leave a writer feeling disheartened and uninterested in their story.

Marnee Bailey said...

I wanted to finish editing my last book (done) and start submitting it (done, a couple fulls and partials out there now). I wanted to start on my next story and I plotted it out, but I had a hard time getting my heroine right. So I wrote 3K and then deleted 2500 of it. I'm starting again as of last night.

Great job girls! I'm so proud of everyone!!

Sin, BTW, awesome on the recommendation! And the snippets from the story were HAWT. :)

Sabrina Shields (Scapegoat) said...

Everyone did awesome!

Di R said...

I joined late and still didn't meet my goals. I'm sure I could come up with a list of reasons why, but they'd all be excuses. *sigh*

However, I've made a new goal and am making progress. Some days more than others.

OT-Hellion~ my book came today and I'm loving it. Thank you!